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“I am Okino. Rōnin of Terra Karana. No longer do I guide others on their adventures. Now... I seek my own adventure.”

Okino is a former NPC and a samurai that guided players to the purple Key-Tana in Terra Karana. After failing to lead dozens of players to victory, he eventually meets the ninja and promises them that he'll help them complete their quest. However, when he learned that Prime Empire was a game, he became depressed and realized everything he knew was false.

Eventually, when he became friends with the ninja and helped them get the purple Key-Tana, he decided to go on his own adventures after learning that he can make his own decisions.

After Unagami's Manifestation Gate brought Prime Empire's AI into Ninjago, Okino was quick to help the City's citizens under attack by the Red Visors and Whack Rats. He eventually chose to stay in Ninjago, once the conflict was over.

History

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Let's Dance

When Jay and Nya were playing Dancy Pants, Okino appeared in one of the video game consoles.

Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look

Okino made a cameo when an old commercial of Prime Empire was being shown.

He later appears when someone was playing Prime Empire.

Prime Empire

Dyer Island

Okino appeared in one of the game consoles when Leroy was playing Prime Empire. Moments later, he is shown when Leroy reached level thirteen.

Level Thirteen

Okino appeared in one of the arcade cabinets when a police officer was taking away an arcade cabinet.

I am Okino

In the digital world of Prime Empire. Okino spent his entire existence training around his house in the Forest of Discontent. When gamers started entering Terra Karana, players came through the arcade cabinet. Okino would treat them as his master and would guide them through the forest. The first player who came was a cocky newbie gamer, who wasted all four of his lives and becomes cubed. The ashamed Okino believed he had failed him and put his sword in the ground as a tribute to his fallen master. Over time player after player came and died and Okino put their swords near his house as a memorial. Okino started to lose all hope and stopped training has hard and became lazier. When a successful samurai and his sage master came Okino realized he needed a more positive attitude, So he trained harder awaiting a new gamer. When an adventure-ready woman came, Okino successfully led her through the forest. She made it further than any other of Okino's masters and she made it to the top of the Cliffs of Hysteria but was taken by a giant bird, losing her last life as a result. Okino put her sword into the ground and regretted that he had failed and that his name would be known for failure, He swore not to guide anyone else to their doom. But then the ninja came out of the arcade pod and he agreed to help them find the Purple Key-Tana.

The Glitch

Okino guided the ninja through the forest until they were ambushed by the Whack Rats. The tied-up Ritchie and he told them about a glitch they could use to get through the forest. Okino did not understand that Prime Empire was a video game, so he was shocked to see the digital glitch. The ninja and Okino entered the glitch and were ambushed by Red Visors as it was a trap set by Unagami. The ninja lost seven of their lives as a result, and Okino saved them by fighting off the Red Visors. The ninja left the glitch to the end of the forest and Okino came with them. Okino was sad to discover the true nature of his world and the ninja cheered him up saying he could be a friend of theirs, and they would need his help as they didn't have many lives left.

The Cliffs of Hysteria

Okino walked through Terra Karana with the ninja depressed that his world was a lie and that he was a pawn. He guided the ninja up the Cliffs of Hysteria. When the Red Visors ambushed them, he hung next to the cliffside depressed and deflected one of Unagami's aerial drones' laser beams back at it. When the ninja reached the top of the cliff, Okino told the ninja that since he was programmed by Unagami then he can't be trusted and could betray them, but the ninja told him he can make his own choices. Okino decided to follow the ninja through the maze.

The Maze of the Red Dragon

Okino narrated his story while following the ninja into the Maze of the Red Dragon. He guided the ninja through the maze and spotted out boobytraps. When the ninja had to choose between going left or right and asked Okino, Unagami stopped time and confronted Okino. Unagami told him that the ninja are truthful that Okino is not real, to his sadness.

However, Unagami tells him that he is building a machine that will give Okino a place in the Ninjago. Unagami told Okino that the ninja oppose him and that they must be destroyed. Okino said that would be dishonorable and denied. Unagami claimed that if he helped the ninja then he'll stay in Prime Empire forever. Then, time unfroze, and Okino told the ninja to go left. When they found the Key-Tana, Okino told the ninja to sneak up on the Red Dragon, However, Jay failed and the dragon woke up and the ninja had to fight it. Unagami stopped time again and asked Okino to be silent and allow the ninja to perish. Torn between the two sides, Okino showed the ninja the dragon's weak spot. The ninja attacked it until Jay grabbed the Key-Tana and used it to defeat the Red Dragon. The dragon was reduced to an amulet, and Okino told him that he could use it in a future battle once and only once. Unagami stopped time again and told Okino that the gate would still be opened but swore Okino would never see it. The ninja told Okino that he could come with them but Okino chose to seek his own adventure. He placed his sword in the ground near his house with the swords of his fallen masters and left to start his own journey.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Okino appeared in one of the posters that were in Milton Dyer's room.

The Speedway Five-Billion

Okino appears in marketplace and smiles when Racer Seven and the ninja won the Speedway Five-Billion.

The Temple of Madness

Okino witnesses the shock wave from the Temple of Madness.

Game Over

Okino enters Ninjago City and defends two civilians from Ritchie and Richie. He, along with Gayle Gossip and Vinny, find themselves surrounded by Red Visors, only from them to shutdown.

As he was not seen returning to Prime Empire, this means he chose to live in Ninjago like he originally wanted to.

Seabound

The Calm Before the Storm

Okino was seen reading a newspaper, and later seen running for cover alongside other citizens.

The Turn of the Tide

Okino was at Nya's memorial.

Crystalized

Public Enemies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5!

Okino had just purchased some noodles from a ramen noodle cart when the van carried by Zane's flies by over him, nearly making him lose his noodles, but he swiftly caught them.

Personality

“You're a good person, Okino. How about you trust in yourself? And in your friends?”
Lloyd in "The Glitch"

After years of consistent failures, Okino became jaded in his duties as a guide. While he tries to retain his sense of guidance, it is shown that watching dozens of players fail has taken its toll on him. Eventually, he meets the ninja who explain the truth of his existence. Although he became depressed and realized everything he knew was false, he overcame his sadness and promise his new friends that he'll help them complete their quest. To that end, he betrayed Unagami and aided the ninja before he became a Rōnin to find a place for himself.

After he arrives in Ninjago through the Manifestation Gate, Okino retained his heroic nature by quick to help citizens under attack by the Red Visors and Whack Rats. Once the conflict ended, he decided to make a new life for himself. Okino retains loyalty to those who helped him, as he attended Nya's memorial to honor the loss of his good friend.

Relationships

Unagami

“If you help the ninja, you will never see the real world. You will remain trapped here in this illusion forever!”

Okino and Unagami

Okino is the "son" of Unagami. After Okino betrayed his creator by helping the ninja obtaining the Purple Key-Tana, Unagami gained a hatred for him and promised that he'll never leave Prime Empire.

When Okino told Unagami about the ninja saying that Prime Empire was only a game, Unagami admitted that the ninja were right but told the sadden Okino that he intends to construct a machine that would allow him to travel to Ninjago and questions Okino if he would like to go there as well. Despite Unagami's desire for Okino to betray the ninja, the honorable samurai refused.

During "Game Over," Unagami was successful in using his machine and released his creations on Ninjago. Okino was free as well and saved many civilians. After Jay helped Dyer and Unagami reconcile, Unagami released all the game characters from the game to live out free and real lives in Ninjago, Okino included.

Successful Samurai

“Thank you, brother Samurai, for your words of wisdom. You have inspired me!”
— Okino to the Successful Samurai, "I am Okino"

Okino, the Successful Samurai and his master.

The Successful Samurai met Okino as he passed Terra Karana with his master . Okino was thrilled that his master had not yet been repeatedly destroyed, and the samurai's words gave him hope.

Avatars

“My entire existence, I have been training for this day. For this hour. For this moment. Terra Karana is a place of danger, terror awaits at every turn. Victory is impossible without a proper guide. I am that guide. They call me Okino, Samurai of Terra Karana.”
— Okino, "I am Okino"

Okino and the Adventure-Ready Woman

Okino originally was a guide to the Forest of Discontent, the Cliffs of Hysteria, and the Maze of the Red Dragon. However, many of the Avatars that he was to convert across Terra Karana did not listen to him and were turned into Energy cubes, which resulted in Okino's declining self-confidence.

Ninja

“You're a good person, Okino. How about you trust in yourself? And in your friends?”
Lloyd to Okino, "The Glitch"

Okino and the Ninja

After many of Okino's disappointments, the ninja were finally masters, whom he led to the Red Dragon.

Thanks to the ninja, he learned that Prime Empire was just a video game, that he couldn't believe until it was proven to him in their adventure. The ninja comforted him on his identity crisis and revealed they have come to consider him their friend, and so did he, as he refused to obey Unagami and betray the ninja.

After going to Ninjago, Okino was still a good friend of the ninja by helping protect the citizens. Okino was also present at Nya's memorial, mourning her disappearance.

Lloyd

Although he swore to guide and protect all of his masters, including the six ninja, Okino seems to have a special bond with Lloyd, as he was the one who comforted and encouraged him the most during his existential depression. Unlike the other ninja whom he simply addresses by their first name, Okino calls Lloyd "Master Lloyd". Okini was originally conflicted on whether to heed Unagami's orders or not, but because of Lloyd's words that he had the ability to choose his own way he ultimately decides to defy his creator even if it cost him the chance to enter the real world. Thankfully, Okino was able to join Lloyd and the others in the real world during "Game Over."

Kai

Okino assisted Kai and the rest of the ninja through Terra Karana and respects him as one of his masters. After their victory against the Red Dragon, Kai pats Okino in the back as they celebrate.

Red Visors and Whack Rats

Okino fighting Red Visors

Okino with Richie and Ritchie

After Okino betrayed Unagami, Okino had to face off againsts Unagami's trusted allies from Prime Empire, the Red Visors and the Whack Rats. During the attack by Unagami, Okino helped saved the citziens of Ninjago when they were being attacked by the two groups until they willingly returned to their world.

Allies and enemies

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Sets

Ninjago

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Season 12: Prime Empire

Season 14: Seabound

Season 15: Crystalized

Video games

Behind the scenes

  • In Japanese, the name "Okino" means "field fronting the open sea".
    • His name may also be a reference to the Okinawa Islands.
  • In the Korean-translated shows, his name is pronounced as Okiyo.
  • He shares the same hairpiece as Unagami. However, Okino's is black with a dark red tie while Unagami's is white with a red tie.
  • He is the third character to use Karlof's headpiece, the first being Hammer Head from the set 70615 Fire Mech, and the second being Scooter from the Ninjago 36th magazine.
    • Although the face looks the same as Karlof's, it has slight differences and an alternative face.
  • While his minifigure lacks any leg prints, in the show he has some printing on his feet, resembling sandals.
  • In the sets, he owns the weapon shop that appears in the Marketplace.
  • Okino is the only character from Season 12 that Tommy Andreasen drew as a sketch. He then gave this sketch to a fan.[1]

Trivia

  • After previously identifying as the "Samurai of Terra Karana", his adventure with the ninja inspired him to find his own path, now calling himself the "Rōnin of Terra Karana".
    • This is a reference to the fact that Rōnin were samurai that served no master.
  • He speaks with a Japenese accent.
  • He and Unagami are the only known Prime Empire characters to appear before Prime Empire resurfaced.
  • On LEGO.com, it was revealed that the reason Okino failed to guide players to the purple Key-Tana before he met the ninja was that he was programmed to fail by Unagami, similarly to Racer Seven.[2]
  • It appears his character was created by Unagami rather than Milton Dyer since Unagami referred to him as "my son" in "The Maze of the Red Dragon."

Gallery

Minifigures

Promotional media

In Ninjago

Season 12: Prime Empire

Season 14: Seabound

Season 15: Crystalized

In other media

References

Characters

Ninja

Master Wu · Lloyd · Kai · Jay · Cole · Zane
Allies: Nya · P.I.X.A.L. · Misako · Dareth · Sally · Skylor · Cyrus Borg · Falcon
Former members: Master Garmadon

Skulkin

Generals: Samukai · Kruncha · Nuckal · Wyplash
Warriors: Frakjaw · Chopov · Krazi · Bonezai
Other: Skeleton figurehead

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Pythor · Anacondrai generals (Arcturus) · Pythor's mother
Hypnobrai: Skales · Slithraa · Mezmo · Rattla · Selma · Skales Jr.
Fangpyre: Fangtom · Fangdam · Fang-Suei · Snappa
Constrictai: Skalidor · Bytar · Chokun · Snike
Venomari: Acidicus · Lizaru · Spitta · Lasha · Zoltar · Snake villain
Vipers: Golden Vipers · Sly Vipers · Red Vipers · Hypno Vipers · Toxic Vipers · Translucent Blue Viper · Translucent Purple Vipers · Translucent Orange Viper
Other: Great Devourer · Anacondrai serpent

NGTV News

Dan Vaapit · Fred Finely · Gayle Gossip · News Reporter · Vinny Folson
Former members: Benny

Pirates

Leader: Captain Soto
First Mate · No-Eyed Pete

Evil ninja

Bizarro Cole · Bizarro Jay · Bizarro Kai · Bizarro Zane

Wu's Academy students

Brad Tudabone · Finn · Gene · Marla · Sally · Tommy

Stone Army

Creator: The Overlord
Leader: General Kozu
Giant Stone Warrior · Stone Warriors · Stone Swordsmen · Stone Scouts

Nindroid Army

Leader: General Cryptor
Nindroid Warriors · Nindroid Drones · Min-Droid

Anacondrai Cultists

Leader: Master Chen
Clouse · Zugu · Eyezor · Kapau · Chope · Sleven · Krait
Former members: Skylor

Elemental Masters

Current Elemental Masters: Ash · Bolobo · Chamille · Gravis · Griffin Turner · Jacob Pevsner · Karlof · Neuro · Mr. Pale · Shade · Skylor · Tox
Previous Elemental Masters: Master of Amber · Cole's grandfather · Griffin Turner's grandparent · Jay's mother · Lilly · Master of Gravity · Master of Ice · Unknown Elemental Master · Master of Shadow · Master of Sound · Maya · Ray · Skylor's mother

Ghost Warriors

Leader: The Preeminent
General: Morro
Ghost Masters: Soul Archer · Bansha · Ghoultar · Wrayth
Ghost Ninja: Attila · Hackler · Ming · Spyder · Howla · Yokai · Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler · Cyrus · Ghurka · Karenn · Pitch · Pyrrhus · Wail
Other: Skreemers

Yang's students

Leader: Master Yang
Chris · Martin · "Chuck"

Sky Pirates

Leader: Nadakhan
Flintlocke · Delara · Dogshank · Doubloon · Monkey Wretch · Clancee · Bucko · Cyren
Other: Skeleton figurehead
Former members: Sqiffy

Ninjago City Police

Leader: Police Commissioner
Butchie · Coast Guard · Hounddog McBrag · Jimmy · Joe · Night Watchman · Noonan · O'Doyle · Police Officer · Prison guards · Simon · Tommy

Djinns

Khanjikhan · Nadakhan · Nadakhan's mother

Shadow Army

Leader: Clouse

Vermillion

Leaders: Acronix · Krux
Supreme Commander Machia · Commander Raggmunk · Commander Blunck · Slackjaw · Rivett · Tannin · Vermin
Other: Buffmillion

Sons of Garmadon

Leaders: Lord Garmadon · Harumi
Generals: Killow · Mr. E · Ultra Violet
Luke Cunningham · Chopper Maroon · Mohawk · Skip Vicious · Nails · Sawyer · Scooter · Buffer · "Snake Jaguar"
Other: Colossus

Royal Family of Ninjago

Emperor of Ninjago · Empress of Ninjago · Princess Harumi · Hutchins · Royal Guards

Dragon Hunters

Leader: Faith
Jet Jack · Daddy No Legs · Muzzle · Chew Toy · Arkade · Skullbreaker · Stalwart Dangerbuff · Otto Pilot · Talon · Nitro · "Rocky Dangerbuff" · "Dangerbuff Junior"
Former members: Iron Baron

Oni

Mystake · The Omega

Pyro Vipers

Leader: Aspheera
Char · Pyro Destroyers · Pyro Slayers · Pyro Whippers
Former members: Mambo V · Mambo's advisor

Ninjago City Council

Leader: Ulysses Trustable
Dwayne · Andrea Thomson · May Robsen
Former members: Ninjago City's former mayor

Blizzard Samurai

Leader: Ice Emperor
General Vex
Blizzard Warriors: Grimfax
Blizzard Sword Masters · Blizzard Archers

Explorer's Club

Leader: Cecil Putnam
Clutch Powers · Percy Shippelton · Security guards · Smythe · Underhill
Former members: Dwayne · Misako

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Antonia · Jonesy · Leroy · Nelson · Spokes · Ten-Speed
Former members: Knuckles

Formlings

Leader: Formling Leader
Akita · Kataru · Vex

Ice Fishers

Leader: Sorla
Uthaug · Boma

Avatars/NPCs

Creator: Milton Dyer
Ballistic Missiles: Anthony Brutinelli
Chrome Domes: Hyper-Sonic
Admin Droid · Adventure-Ready Woman · Avatar Pink Zane · Gamer Geek · Newbie Gamer · Okino · Racer Seven · Scott · Shifty · Successful Samurai
League of Jay: Beta Jay 137 · Dee-Jay 81 · Jaybird 64 · Jaywalkin 238

Unagami's army

Leader: Unagami
Red Visors: Red 27 · Red 29
Avatar Harumi · Sushimi · Hostess · Sushimi's sushi chefs
Allies: The Mechanic · Henchmen · Ultra Violet · Captain Soto · Richie · Ritchie

Whack Rats

Leader: Atta the Ratta
Richie · Ritchie

Re-Awakened

Leader: Skull Sorcerer
Hazza D'ur

Sky Folk

Leaders: King Vangelis (formerly) · Queen Vania
Engelbert
Army of Shintaro: Hailmar

Munce

Leader: Queen Murtessa
Manko · Meeha · Mid · Moe · Mood · Mudd · Murt · Murt Snr · Munce Sentries

Geckles

Leader: Chancellor Gulch
Gleck · Gliff · Groko · Garpo · Ginkle · Mr. Wise

Upply

Fungus · Korgran · Plundar

Keepers

Leader: Chief Mammatus
PoulErik · Rumble Keepers · Thunder Keepers

Mary Louise's crew

Leader: Captain
Collins · Kwon · Mariano

Merlopians

Leader: King Benthomaar
Glutinous · Nyad
Maaray Guards: Gripe
Former leaders: King Trimaar · King Kalmaar

Warriors of Felis

Leader: Nineko

Order of Felis

Leader: Komala
Dillon · Adara

Puppets

Leader: Tanabrax
Bunch · Moody

Villagers

Hana · Obachan · Shin · Kenji · Uchida · Mrs. Uchida · Old Man Jiro

Snake warriors (non-canon)

Boa Destructor · Cobra Mechanic · Python Dynamite · Viper Flyer · Sneaky Snake

Red Crows

Leader: Mogra
Killow · Ultra Violet · Francis

Two Moon Village

Kenzo · Renzo · Saeko · Min

Vengestone army

Leader: Crystal King
Council of the Crystal King: Kabuki Mask · Mister F · Aspheera · Vangelis · Pythor · The Mechanic
Vengestone Warriors · Vengestone Brutes · Vengestone Guards

New Ninja

Leader: Teal Ninja
Fuchsia Ninja · Orange Ninja · Pink Ninja · Yellow Ninja

Other classifications

Ghosts · Humans · Nindroids

Other groups/sub-groups

Elemental Alliance · Fast Chickens · Kryptarium inmates (The Needles) · Ninja Replacements · The Resistance · The Resistance (Crystalized) · The Resistance (Never-Realm) · The Royal Blacksmiths · Sons of the First Spinjitzu Master · Spin Harmony · Stranded ninja · Time Twins · Treble Makers

Families

Cole's family · Jay's family · Kai and Nya's family · Lloyd's family · Royal Family of Djinjago · Royal Family of Merlopia · Royal Family of Ninjago · Royal Family of Shintaro · Skales' family · Skylor's family · Zane's family

In-universe fictional characters

Britts Subskian · Commander Kiflin · Jack the Rabbit · Imperial Sludge · Master Whoosh (non-canon)

Non-canon

Barracudox · Bob Rattlebottom · Cardinsto · Carridi · Cece · Christina · Chuck · Claire · Diaman · Eileen · Flerry McFloyster · Gahrann the Dreamer · Genn · Golden Ninja · Green Screen Gary · Hai · Hibiki · Insect Master · Ivy Walker · Jeremiah Bobblestein · Jesper · Kaito · Kirchonn the Invincible · Lar · Larry · Lloyd Garmadon (The LEGO Movie) · Mask of Malice · Mei · Moe · Mr. Righty Tighty · Neido · Nobu · Phantom Ninja · Quartet of Villains · Rachel Sparrow · Robot Manager · Ronin's daughter · Ronin's wife · Samurai warrior · Scott Digato · Seliel · Seliel's father · Six-Armed Warriors · Snake villain · Spinjago Citizen · Suzie Wheeler · Time Ninja · Tito · Wishmaster · Zoltar
Ninjago Magazine: Buffer · Nitro · Sawyer · Scooter · Talon · Mr. Wise

Creatures

Adam · Balee · Bears (Kuma) · Beavers · Colossus · Craglings · Elemental Cobras · Fire Fang · Fluffy · Geotomic Rock Monsters · Guide Parrot · Ice Behemoth · Ice bird · Ice Serpent · Leviathans · Monster sushi · Mud monsters · Nimbus · Pebbles · Rodrigo · Ross · Sir Chomps-A-Lot · Snickers · Stone Hawk · The Chroma · Treehorn queen · Wojira · Wu's chicken · Wu's dog · Yeti (Krag) · Zane's Mino
Dragons: Blue Dragon · Boreal · Chompy · Crystal beasts · Dragon keeper · Empire Dragon · Fire Dragon (Core) · Fire Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Flame · Firstbourne · Ghost Dragons · Grief-Bringer · Ice Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Pet dragon · Rocky · Shard · Slab · Stormbringer · Stormbringer's baby · Thunder Dragon · Ultra Dragon · Wind Dragon · Wisp · YinYang Dragon (Light Dragon · Shadow Dragon)

Unseen characters

Dr. Berkman · Grumbmiller · Milton Dyer's father · Sybex Tribe · Quanish the Elder · Trylle · Dr. Yost

Ninjago City residents

Barry · Benny · Brayden Nelson · The Fold · Fugi-Dove's brother · Hayley Wolfe · Jake · Jay Vincent · Jeffy · Joshua Deck · Lachlan Jansen · Michael Kramer · Mrs. Dyer · Patty Keys · Phil · Postman · Roise · Rufus McCallister · Vlad Tutu ·

Other

Announcer · Ayla · Bank Boss · Bob the Intern · Cathy · Circus Clown · Clancee's mother · Cliff Gordon · Construction workers · Cook · Cragger · Dr. Julien · Echo Zane · Ed · Edna · Egon the Extraordinary · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · Fugi-Dove · Grimfax's advisor · Hageman · Hageman Brothers · Harumi's father · Harumi's mother · Jamanakai Villagers · Johnny · Korgran's father · Laval · Lou · Lumberjacks · Magician · Mascots · Mina · Miss Demeanor · Monks · Motorcycle Mechanic · Museum Curator · Nindroid Sentries · Ninjago soldiers · Nobu · Reflectra · Repo Man · Restaurant Owner · Rice farmers · Ronin · Sage · Santa Claus · Sally's parents · Security guards (Borg Industries) · Security guards (Ninjago City) · Sentry General · Shezada · Ship Captain · Skeleton · Stone Guardians · Tour Guide · Twitchy Tim · Warden Noble
Robots: Auto · Juggernaut · Robo Usher 3000 ·Tai-D

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